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Department of Psychology

Faculty and students in the Department of Psychology work side-by-side on cutting-edge research and clinical projects in areas including health, forensics, neuropsychology, pediatric and child psychology, cognitive, human experimental, clinical psychology and more.

Drexel University’s Department of Psychology is an active community of internationally known faculty and student scholars. Our department features state-of-the-art research labs, a training clinic, and a wide array of research and clinical opportunities for our graduate and undergraduate students.

Students in Drexel's Bachelor of Science in Psychology program learn how to frame and find answers to important questions regarding human behavior, cognition and emotion, while working alongside faculty who are leaders in the field. Within the program, students have the option to focus in specific areas: Mind, Brain and Behavior, Human Development or Clinical and Health. For a select number of undergraduates, the department offers an Accelerated BS/MS degree that allows students to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in just five years.

At the graduate level, the Master of Science is ideal for students who wish to pursue advanced education in scientific psychology and research methods. Our terminal degrees include the PhD in Clinical Psychology, which trains students in the scientist-practitioner model; the PhD in Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences, which emphasizes rigorous quantitative and methodological training; and the joint JD/PhD in Law and Psychology, which bridges the gap between the two disciplines.

Research

The Department of Psychology is actively engaged in vibrant research initiatives to advance the science and practice of psychology. Faculty publish widely, are featured in national and international media, and have won major research awards from premier research bodies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The main research areas in the department are:

The Drexel Co-Op

Through Drexel’s cooperative education program, undergraduates embark on up to three, six-month periods of employment, exploring their career options, strengthening their résumés and building a professional network in the process. Our students have held co-op positions at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Magee Rehabilitation Center, the School District of Philadelphia, the Drexel Psychological Services Center, as well as nonprofit organizations focused on health and wellbeing in the community.

Learn More About Drexel Co-op for Psychology Majors

Student Organizations

The psychology community in our department is lively and fueled by two active student organizations:

  • PSI CHI Honor Society - Provides academic recognition for inductees and encourages the growth of psychology through members' participation in psychology-related activities.
  • Psychology Club - Strives to promote interest in psychology through events, activities, and social interactions between students and faculty. Learn more at drexelupsychologyclub@gmail.com.
student Meghan Plank
“Five years at Drexel, four years as a Division I athlete, three co-ops, two degrees, and one senior thesis. My experiences at Drexel have been diverse, exhilarating, challenging, and fulfilling in so many ways.”Meghan PlankBS psychology & BS entrepreneurship ’16

Recent News

  • Drexel Dragon Logo Blue Michael Silverstein wins 2018 Junior Scientist Fellowship Michael Silverstein, a second year doctoral student working under the mentorship of Brian Daly, was awarded the APAGS/Psi Chi Junior Scientist Fellowship to fund his research into risk factors for and the etiology of PTSD.
  • Peru Ostomy For Kids With Crohn's, Drexel Student Creates a 'A Guide to Gutsy Living' After seven years of living with bouts of excruciating gastrointestinal pain and constant trips to the bathroom, the option of ostomy surgery sounded “freeing” to then 19-year-old Jennie David.
  • Drexel Dragon Logo Blue Recent Drexel Psychology Student Awards Psychology graduate students receive awards for their research: Stephanie Goldstein, Helen Burton Murray and Victoria Grunberg.
  • 2018 NEDA regional conference attendees Drexel and WELL Center Host First-Ever National Eating Disorders Assoc Regional Conference On Saturday, May 12th, Drexel University and the WELL Center played host to the first-ever National Eating Disorders Association regional conference. NEDA is the nation's largest eating disorder association, and the NEDA regional conference is designed to bring together individuals who are experiencing eating disorders or who want to learn more about eating and body image issues.
  • Drexel Dragon Logo Blue College of Arts and Sciences Tenure, Promotion and Awards The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University could not be accomplished without the dedication and support of our faculty members. It is their pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and scholarship that reinforces our position as a modern liberal arts college, and enhances our University’s reputation as a world-class research institution.

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Prospective Student Inquiries

Kelly McShay

Kelly Schimpf

Director of Recruitment
College of Arts and Sciences
4020 MacAlister Hall
215.571.4536 | kelly.a.schimpf@drexel.edu

Undergraduate Advising

Jenna Gregory

Jenna Gregory

Academic Adviser
4020 MacAlister Hall
215.895.1805 | coas@drexel.edu

Devon M. Thomas

Devon M. Thomas

Senior Academic Adviser
Stratton Hall, 103A
215.895.0487 | devon.m.thomas@drexel.edu

Contact Us

Department of Psychology

Stratton Hall
3201 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.895.1895